There is a saying - “when you leave take your shadow with you” - I left Artsline 4 years ago when I retired as Chief Executive and here I am 4 years later as Chair of this excellent advice service for all disabled people on access to the arts and entertainment- on its 25th anniversary - and I am delighted. It is has over 10,000 visitors to its access web site each month and with the new and very advanced web site being launched at the Camden Centre on our 25th year the numbers will increase and increase.
The past two years have been a period of great re-assessment and advance- we now have the responsibility awarded to us by the Cinema Exhibitors Association to collect the access information for every cinema in the United Kingdom and Eire; we are in partnership with several organisations in the lead-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games and I hope we will be involved in matters concerning the access to these Games as we were with the Millennium Dome; we are exploring new and exciting projects for disabled young men and women; and we have updated all our access date on our present web site for all arts and entertainment venues in London. The project we established - Attitude is Everything - is a wonderful service in its own right and so well respected and yet still within the Artsline service - we are so proud of it and its staff.
25 years ago Joan Bakewell, the late Peter Barkworth, John Whitney, Nicky Gavron, GLA, the late Sir Michael Young, Ann Darnborough and others set up Artsline and it provides an efficient and vital service today as it did the. I am proud to have been associated with it for 20 and more years. I would end by expressing my thanks to the President and former Chair, John Whitney, past and present Council of Management members, staff and volunteers for all their help.
Roger Robinson, OBE FCIPD
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